That includes one equally famous supporter that Yusuf recently discovered had lobbied on his behalf.
“One of my greatest supporters turns out to be someone you wouldn’t expect,” he said. “My son found out that Johnny Ramone -- would you believe on his deathbed -- [said] one of his last wishes was that I should be inducted. So he got Eddie Vedder and [the Red Hot Chili Peppers'] John Frusciante to write letters on my behalf. Support can come from the strangest places.”
After almost three decades out of the pop spotlight, Yusuf returned to the music world in 2006 with a new album, “An Other Cup,” which reached No. 52 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, and followed it three years later with “Roadsinger,” which took him up to No. 41.
He’s spent much of the intervening years focusing on the stage musical he’d long wanted to write, “Moonshadow,” which he said he’s turning into a children’s book. Periodically, he’s gone into the recording studio to work on a new album that he hopes to finish and release in 2014.
Before that, however, he expects to attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April in New York to witness first-hand what happens -- as much for his fans and his family as for himself.
His children, he said, are “happy along with everyone else. They see their dad as just the best. Who am I to argue?”
Here's Stevens singing "Peace Train":
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